Emperor of the Eight Islands (The Tale of Shikanoko #1)

Emperor of the Eight Islands: Book 1 in the Tale of Shikanoko (The Tale of Shikanoko series) - Lian Hearn

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Title: Emperor of the Eight Islands

Series: The Tale of Shikanoko #1

Author: Lian Hearn

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 274

Format: Kindle digital edition









A young man is driven from his rightful village, an emperor is deposed, his young son is on the run under the "protection" of a young woman, magicians plot and magic abounds. Clans, brothers and wives scheme and nobody knows the end of the matter.



My Thoughts:


This is a story of change, of life and death, of magic both kind and cruel. While not as brutally depressing as the Tales of the Otori series, it is about kingdoms falling and rising. Whole clans overthrown, killed, dispossessed.


In many ways this felt like a Japanese fairytale. In line with a fairytale, this was shorter and not complete. A good start and I hope it gets better.